Monday, September 15, 2014

From Branch to Ward.


I'm in a little culture shock right now. I'm used to corn and soybeans and hillbillies and now I'm in one of the richest places in America... God has a sense of humor. And I just can't figure out how to call it a ward with a Bishop instead of a Branch with a Branch President haha :) But I LOVE it already! The people here are so great! A lot more from the west. And I'm with one awesome Sister who may look familiar...SISTER HWRD! Wooo! It's the best! It is seriously flashbacks to like exactly a year ago when we were livin' in Plainfield. Crazy, crazy. (There were 4 sisters who shared an apartment)

Oh and it turns out the Smith's (like Will Smith the white version's parents) are related to some people in the ward here. The Swtzr's? I think that's how you spell it...(of course now it really isn't spelled correctly)

So last Monday, I finished up my last P-Day in good ol' Plymouth. It feels like forever ago...which is weird. Missions are crazy. Past areas seem like a dream and that they didn't even happen... But we ended up playing Yahtzee with the Elders and ate cheesecake dip. They loved it Grandma! All thanks to you! :) (Grandma Lana sent the ingredients for her and Rachel's – her cousin also serving a mission right now – favorite dip) Then we went and tried a potential and saw a less-active family (had to take their little girl a picture of us...she said she's going to save her money and buy me a pilot's license so I can fly to Plymouth every weekend for church.) Then the Klly's took us to Christo's. I tied with Elder Frmn and Elder Rssll in Rib Eating...Rack and a half...lots of ribs...but it was yummy! :) I'm going to miss Plymouth.

Tuesday, we did service at the museum, I took L a Book of Mormon for a gift for dinner (L is the one who fixed them dinner last week) and he was so excited and said he was going to read it. He's awesome. Then we went and had lunch, went and got me a Blueberry Festival shirt, tracted, went and saw A (she's slowly getting it...still not hip on church but she is coming around), taught J, went to the Hnsdl's for dinner, went and said bye to the Rchhrts (they were out eating with the Elders...we almost double dinner-ed it but they were at a buffet so it was a no go...hahah) (She doesn't care for buffets) then went and taught Sister Flry and took pictures with Sister Shrwd. Crazy busy day.

Wednesday was transfer day. We left at 6:30 with Sister Klly and headed to Fishers. We got to see the temple on the way. You should have seen me and Sister H's reactions when we found out we were companions. Definitely the life of transfer meeting. It was a teeny transfer meeting compared to usual. But Sister Rh is here in our District and under our Stewardship as Sister Training Leaders, so it's like a reunion. (Sister Rh also shared the apartment – Only one missing is Sister OBrien but she has finished serving and is home)  It's so great. I love it. We ate at Moe's for lunch (kinda like Costa Vida) and had a meeting then we worked! We also had dinner with a member...other than that, I don't really remember what we did and my planner isn't filled out for that day, so I can't really tell ya haha :) Oh we found some new investigators, so that was sweet.

Thursday, we had to take the car in for a recall in the morning and drop some stuff off to the mission office, had weekly planning, then went and saw the Flnrs. They are adorable. They remind me of the people off of UP (a wonderful movie). They just got baptized about 4 months ago. Super cute. And now Sister Flnr's nephew and his wife are taking the lessons. LOVE IT! The work is hastening! Then we went to the Hthwy's for dinner (30 minute dinner and lesson...most efficient thing ever) then saw a bunch of active members to set up church tours.

Friday, we had Zone Meeting in Fishers in the morning, did some role playing (we got to be investigators) and gave a training about Alma 32. Then we grabbed Wendy's, taught Sbrn (she just got baptized like a week ago) and her 9 year old brother Sm. Their whole family is like all recent converts. It's awesome. Then we went and cleaned for a lady with a bedbug infestation...don't worry, I think we came out with none. :) I love Indiana :) Then we had dinner with the Bishop and his family and then saw Sister Bmn. Her and her husband are out here 'cause he's working on the temple. There's a lot of people working on the temple here in this ward. Kinda crazy, but awesome. The temple looks SO GOOD!

Saturday, we did service in Homeplace (a neigborhood in Indy below Carmel but everyone who lives there HATES Carmel) then went and taught Sbrn's cousin Ambr (we call them all the Kelly Clan) and then went and taught a lady with Sister Hthwy. The lady was a little crazy...she believes in like metaphysics or something and talks about good vibrations in her body and says that there is no devil and evil doesn't exist...kinda weird. Always interesting on the mission :) Then we went and gave a tour around Westfield. They had a lot to do with the Underground Railroad and it told about how the Quakers settled there and stuff like that. It was fun. I had no idea what I was doing since I wasn't here for the dress rehearsal so I just herded people and Sister H talked. Then we had dinner at a place called Blaze Pizza 'cause they sent us a free pizza for advertisement and then we went and saw Brother and Sister Flnr's nephew and his wife, Bb and Str. They're awesome. Bb had a rough time with church when he was younger, so he was really turned off by it, but now we are seeing his heart soften and he accepted a Book of Mormon. They said they see something different in the Flnr's, so it's pretty awesome.

Yesterday, we had meetings in the morning, had church (this ward is huge compared to the Plymouth Branch! haha) then we tried to see some investigators with Sister Ft but no such luck, ate with the Tylr's (they sent you the picture. They just moved here from San Diego.), and then went to Why I Believe with the Hdgs. Brother and Sister Bmn and Brother Flnr spoke and I got to see Sister Jcksn (from Greencastle) and the Schmlfldt's (from Plainfield). It was super fun! I love being here! And I love Why I Believe! Wooo!

And now it's P-Day...

A chapter I read this morning in Romans was awesome. Romans 8: 18, 26, 31, 35-39 are amazing. If we are really dedicated to choosing right and do all we can to invite the spirit into our lives, we cannot fail! God always upholds those who love and serve Him and in return, His love will overcome any trial, tribulation, or anyone that comes in our way.

I didn't have any letters yet, so I don't think there's any questions to answer...(On transfer week we send to the mission home and Chuck sent his as an email – so we weren't slacking off)

Love you all! Hope you have a great week!

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc
With the Klly's at Christo's. Love these two.
The are definitely disciples of Jesus Christ.
(Love the people of Indiana – they love the missionaries and take great care of them)

Sister C and I at the museum.

With Sister Flry. This lady is funny. Love her.
(She does love Sister Flry – Thanks Sister Flry – hope to meet you some day)

With Alxs and Sister Shrwd and Sister C. Crazy kids.
(Wow Alxs has beautiful blue eyes – thanks Sister Shrwd)

The temple looks so good! I get to see it all the time now!

(Can't wait to visit)

Thanks to the Tylr's for the picture.

Transfer time!


I can't believe six weeks have gone again. Woo wee. I'm leaving Plymouth :( I'm super sad, but I'm way too comfortable and attached to these people. haha :) I have learned a lot here and I will DEFINITELY never forget this branch and the postage stamp of a church! :) I LOVE YOU PLYMOUTH! :)

But it's time for a new adventure as a Sista Trainin' Leader! Scary! But  good! It'll be fun.

This week was interesting, that's for sure. Being sick is no bueno, but we made it through pretty solidly still! You heard about Tuesday...After we emailed, we just did a little more contacting and saw a less-active in Walkerton and then we came back, Sister Jhnsn brought us dinner, and then I don't really remember what we did...I think we stopped by to see Sister Shrwd and I don't remember who else we saw..

Wednesday, I was sick still, but we went and saw Pl in the morning. We were able to overcome more of his concerns with the Book of Mormon. Hopefully we'll get to see them again before I leave. Then we had lunch and then it was a long afternoon of no one being home for whatever reason. It was a little crazy and long seems as to I was sick too, but it turned out being a pretty okay day. Then we went and taught J with Sister Mllr. She's on fire. I love it. Then we went to YW and ate dinner that the Jhnsn's brought us again.

Thursday, we went to the museum in the morning, weekly planned in the afternoon, went to the Rchhrt's for dinner out in Leiter's Ford, then did some contacting. And I think that's it...

Friday, we had District Meeting in the morning, then we went and saw A with Sister Smth (taught her the Word of Wisdom on a whim and she actually loved it. Miracle!) and we taught Sister Smth then we also taught Jln with Sister Smth (she just spent the afternoon with us!). Jlnn's progressing slowly but surely. It's just interesting to keep 9 year olds attention for any period of time. But it's all good. Then we contacted an interesting referral (He is Pagan and his ex-wife was Mormon gone wicken...interesting for sure...) then went to the Rd's for dinner. Then when we got back, it started storming, so we went to see Lr. It was a perfect excuse so we got to share a message with her. Hopefully we can meet with her more consistently.

Saturday, we went to Walkerton in the morning but had another day of not too many people being home, so we had lunch and then went to Dairy Queen with Sister Rgrs. (Side Note: if you haven't had their Pumpkin Pie Blizzard, go get one.) Then we tracted and went and taught Jln and her friend Alx was there about prophets with Samuel the Lamanite's story. They had water balloons so we acted out the story so we stood on the wall and they tried to throw water balloons but it worked out perfectly and they were not able to get us wet. When we threw some back at them, it nailed them both. It was hilarious and worked awesome. Then we had dinner, then I don't really remember what we did after that....

Sunday, we went to church, had a rockin' testimony meeting and J got confirmed (she had a dream the night before that she had slept in through her confirmation), had a funny Gospel Principles (We were talking about the Spirit World and one of our branch missionaries talked about how he had went to the spirit world and that we levitate/hoover when we're there...Always interesting in Plymouth! haha), had correlation, and then headed out to work. We did some contacting, ended up tracting into a member's mom, had dinner at J's, taught Sister Schndr (her granddaughter loves me and does not know that I'm leaving yet...I'm going to have to crush a 6 year old...) and then we went and taught Sister Shrwd.

And here we are. I'm just trying to get all organized and packed and get all ready and hopefully still have some fun today. Then it's all downhill from here! :)

If you look up the definition of miracles in the Bible Dictionary, it says, "Miracles should not be regarded as deviations from the ordinary course of nature so much as manifestations of divine or spiritual power." That makes me realize that miracles really happen every day. They don't have to be huge things that are out of the ordinary. It's just the fact that we feel the spirit and see His power in our lives. I need to pray for the vision to discern those miracles and make sure to record them and I think I'll realize that I have even more to be grateful for than I realize.

To answer letters:

That was hilarious about Mr. MacSparran. Did you give the lady the info? It looks just like him. (I saw a picture on fb and the lady was asking if anyone could identify the missionaries in the picture – I did – it happened to be Sandy MacSparran who lives here in Tremonton)

We did Nearer my God to Thee at Zone Conference. I played the piano. (she had told me they were performing a special number at Zone Conference)

J's daughter is shooting for October 19th to be baptized. (J recently was baptized and they are teaching her daughter – great to get families baptized)

You can bring peaches to me. The peaches here in the store are NASTY. (I took peaches in my suitcase to Mike and Stacy in Minnesota – Peaches are not easy to pack but Chuck did a great job!)

And I think that's about it!

Love you all! Have a fantastic week!

Peace and Blessin's
-Sista Darc

Spiders are a lot bigger here.
Sister C freaked and wouldn't knock on this door haha (I would freak too)

First Plymouth District ever! I love these people.

Me & Sister Schndr's granddaughter

Me & Alx & Jln

Me & J. Love this lady.

Us & J & Alx

Me & Sister Schndr. Love this lady too.
Let's be honest...I just love Plymouth.

(Thanks to all who helped to take care of my daughter while she served in Plymouth. It does a mother's heart good to know there are kind people in this world. She loves you all!!!! – She has loved every place she has served in Indiana)

Happy Labor Day!


Or day after Labor Day....whatever. Hopefully you all had a great holiday weekend.
So this week flew by as usual and next week when I email, I'll once again know another fate for transfers...crazy. These 6 weeks has blown by. But we've seen AMAZING miracles, so it's all good! :)

Monday, we just had a regular P-Day then played a bunch of Yahtzee cause the Elders all stayed in their towns. Then we had dinner with Sister Shrwd at the church because it was raining so the Elders couldn't be in her house. Then we had FHE with J's family. We learned about obedience and played some Simon Says and ate carmel corn again! It was a regular ol' chaotic FHE :)

Tuesday, we spent the day in Mishawaka at Zone Conference, which I think you already saw pictures from. We went early to practice a musical number and then we had our conference! It was great. It's always a reminder that we ALWAYS have more to learn. I love it. Then that night, we went to dinner with Sister Smth at Arby's and then tried a couple investigators. Then after that, I don't really remember who we went to see...Maybe J I think cause it was baptism week so we saw her every day.

Wednesday, we had a busy day. We saw our investigators Mry & Pl in the morning with Sister Schndr and it was SUPER COOL cause Pl had heard from his minister that Mormons didn't really believe all that much in Jesus Christ so we were able to blow his mind with sharing 2 Nephi. He's now going to read the Book of Mormon. WOOT! The Book of Mormon is true. Then we tried an investigator with Sister Mllr but the 'gator wasn't home so we went and saw A. She's still stubborn and still not wanting to come to church, but she'll come around. Then after lunch at Penguin Point with Sister Mllr (we went to visit Frncs), we headed to North Liberty and contacted a bunch and had a bunch of appointments ditch, but we did get to talk to a lot of people. Then we took Sister Kln on a church tour, had dinner, then went to Young Women's and watched Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration...but it was different than any that I had seen, so I'm not really sure what it was haha.

Thursday, we had the museum and weekly planning and then went to teach Jrmy. He loved the milk duds, so thanks Mom. :) Your candy supply is coming in handy. Then we got to go to dinner at L's house (he volunteers at the museum). I solicited the dinner appointment. He told us about this stuff he cooked for his wife and I asked him to cook it for us (half-jokingly) and he did. We got to teach him the restoration and he said if we come to his church then he'll come to our church. His wife knows some members here too, so they have connections. We'll see how it goes. They are really funny and we had a good time. Then we went and taught J that night. She was just ready to be baptized.

Friday, we started out the morning at the Frnvll's helping him with wood splitting, loading his shed with the wood, and cleaning up the sawdust piles. The Elders were supposed to do it the past 3 weeks but never did so he finally resorted to the reliable ones. We got lunch out of it too, so it was worth it. :) Then after that, we went to J's and slaughtered chickens. Yep, that's right, I've now tied up, plucked, and butchered a chicken. Brother Rchhrt cut the necks cause we didn't have too good of a knife, but everything else we did. You would have been so proud mom :) It poured too, so that made things interesting. :) We were soaked. Then we went to Sister Rgrs for dinner, went and visited the Rd's, and tracted a bit. Pretty busy day!

Saturday, we taught J and got all her baptismal clothes together, were supposed to do a church tour with Mry and Pl but they had family come so we gave Sister Schndr and Sister Rgrs a tour. It was great. I love church tours. :) Then we had lunch, went to North Liberty and worked around, got poured on so we headed to Lakeville, got poured on again so we resorted to Gn's but it was a good excuse to get to sit down and teach her! Then we went to the Rchhrts for dinner. Love them.

Sunday, we had Branch Council, went about church, and then J got baptized! WOO! It was great. She was nervous, but so excited afterward. She doesn't get confirmed til next week, which is weird, but just the way Plymouth works! :) Then we stopped by to see her after our meeting, went to Sister Smth's, went and contacted a headquarters referral who became a new investigator, then taught Sister Schndr and then Sister Vc. It was a busy but great day! And definitely a day of miracles cause the Atonement is REAL! Wooo!

Yesterday, we went to the Blueberry Festival Parade (this festival draws in like 1/2 a million's huge.) and then walked around Blueberry. It's just a lot of flea market, scentsy, scarves, food, etc. Pretty fun. We even met a lady running a booth from Tennessee who was a member so she bought us food! Small world, especially for Mormons. Then we went to dinner with Sister Flry and then had FHE at the Cntr's.
And that brings us to today. We had the museum this morning then an appointment in North Liberty so now we're in Walkerton emailing. And I forgot your letters, so I can't remember what anything you needed answered was. Whoops.

A thought I loved this morning from Ether was where the Jaredites start sailing toward the promised land and it says that "the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land" (Ether 6:8). The wind made the journey hard and scary and I'm sure the people thought that sometimes the winds weren't leading them anywhere and maybe there wasn't a promised land, but they never stopped praising God for His tender mercies. We have to do the same in our life. The winds and storms are always going to happen, but if we keep God as the first priority, we will make it to the Promised Land.
Love you all! I'll talk to ya Monday! :)
Peace and Blessin's-
Sista Darc

Lots of pictures. . .

With Sister R
 With Sister H

In front of the wood shed

 This. Is. Indiana.

Chicken #1

Chicken #2. Which is the one I butchered and cleaned

Plucking Feathers

 J's Baptism Day! The whole crew. Her 2 kids, Sister O. Us.
And her two kids' friends.
 Blueberry Festival

The Girls!!!!